2016 gifted an intense, shimmering Cuvée Unique. The lion’s share of this cuvée is drawn from low-yielding vines in Les Carettes, a clay-based terroir, nonetheless rich in limestone, in Davayé, at the bottom of the slope. This year, again, a little Clos de Poncetys and les Combes find their way into the blend, as those vineyards did not yield enough juice for separate cuvées. Guffens’ vines in St-Véran were heavily hit by hail, only one or two clusters per vine surviving, so there’s some pretty serious fruit here. And it shows. Intensity to burn, with significant depth and wonderful length. Acacia, yellow plum, bees wax notes (amongst other things), and a long, long driven, punchy close. There is weight but it is still tightly wound. Like all the Guffens-Heynen 2016s it feels like it will age beautifully but it will be very hard to keep your hands off this bottle young. It is off the charts delicious already.
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